Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Spunk roam after the trial?

2. What does Spunk continue to do after his trial?

3. Which character is described as a giant, brown-skinned man?

4. Who is the main gossip in Chapter 1?

5. Who comes out from the woods in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Spunk dies in Chapter 4.

2. How do others in the town treat Spunk? Why do they treat him this way?

3. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

4. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

5. How does Spunk's occupation seem to be appropriate for his character?

6. What does Spunk say right before he dies? Why is this significant?

7. Describe the differences between Joe and Spunk.

8. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

9. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

10. Who is your favorite character in Chapter 1? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the setting of Hurston's book contribute to the story and the reader's experiences?

Essay Topic 2

There are several instances of irony in Hurston's book. Identify at least one of these instances and describe why Hurston may have used irony when describing this particular situation.

Essay Topic 3

How is the concept of the supernatural implemented throughout Hurston's novel?

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